My Visit

Whether it's your first visit, or your hundred and first, there's so much to see and do in Buxton during festival season. Visit our What's On page to book Festival tickets or discover more information about the town below.


The beautiful spa town of Buxton is steeped in history and culture. Situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Buxton has an abundance of magnificent architecture and is famous for its thermal mineral water. Our main venues, the Matcham-designed Buxton Opera House, the Octagon, the Pavilion Gardens complex and the newly-renovated Buxton Crescent are all within easy walking distance of one another and provide spectacular settings for Buxton International Festival events.

For those seeking a restorative break, a visit to Buxton also offers a perfect opportunity to enjoy the fresh upland air in scenic surroundings. The landscaped Pavilion Gardens lie at the heart of the town and for the more adventurous, there are many local walks which provide fantastic views of the Peak District hills. One of the most popular trails leads to Solomon’s Temple, a folly that stands high above a limestone show cave, Poole’s Cavern.

The town has warmly welcomed visitors for centuries and offers a wide variety of accommodation, dining options and independent shops for all tastes. For those wanting to venture further afield, the Peak District National Park and historic attractions such as Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are within easy reach.

Where to stay

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Old Hall Hotel

Situated across the square from the Edwardian Opera House, Old Hall Hotel is the ideal base for your festival visit. We have 38 individually decorated en-suite bedrooms, all with free Wi-Fi. Choose from a range of rooms from Single to Four Poster, with breakfast and dinner options available in our Restaurant and Wine Bar.

The Square, Buxton, SK17 6TQ
01298 22841

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B&B @ No.6 The Square

Perfectly located for your festival stay, you’ll find No.6 The Square opposite Buxton Opera House. Four spacious and luxurious en-suite double rooms are available on the 2nd and 3rd floor with access to our sitting room on 1st floor.

6 The Square, Buxton, SK17 6AZ
01298 213541

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Best Western Lee Wood Hotel

Set in its own mature grounds, this elegant Georgian hotel is situated only a few moments’ walk from the centre of the spa town and its famous opera house. Family owned for 56 years, our 4-star hotel offers high quality accommodation and award-winning dining.

The Park, Buxton, SK17 6TQ
01298 23002

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The Palace Hotel Buxton & Spa

Set in five acres of landscaped gardens , Centrally located, Just a 5 minute walk from the Opera House, offering 186 en-suite bedrooms, Bars , Lounge, Beauty Salon & Leisure Facilities including a 14-metre indoor pool. Pre-theatre dinners are available in our Dovedale Restaurant from 6.00pm.

Palace Road, Buxton, SK17 6AG
01298 22001


Queen's Head Hotel & Public House

The Queen’s Head Hotel offers bed and breakfast in our newly built accommodation rooms and also in a converted stable block, both situated at the rear of our premises. All thirteen of our rooms have central heating, en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities and Sky’s ‘in-room’ television service. Larger groups requiring accommodation are welcome but it’s best to call with your requirements.

High Street, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6EU
01298 23841


Roseleigh Guest House

Only a five minute scenic walk from the Buxton Opera House, located on Broadwalk this Victorian 13-bedroom, family run guest-house built in 1871 overlooks the Pavilion Gardens and ornamental lake of which the superb landscaping was developed between 1861 and the early 1870s. Free residents’ parking for up to 9 cars. Please visit our website for comprehensive virtual room tours.

19 Broad Walk, Buxton SK17 6JR
01298 24904

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Wheeldon Trees Farm

A luxury retreat of 10 self-catering cottages set in 12 acres of stunning Peak District National Park, close to Buxton and Bakewell. New for 2022 is our fabulous Farmhouse with log-burning hot-tub. Alongside our cosy cottages, guests can use our free EV charging, honesty shop, laundry and electric bikes to explore one of the Derbyshire’s most beautiful locations.

Earl Sterndale, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0AA
01298 83219

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Banyan Tree Luxury En-Suite Rooms

Banyan Tree luxury en-suite rooms are available in the heart of Buxton, situated on a quiet residential street just off the market place. They are a 5 minute walk away from Buxton opera house, and central to all the bars, restaurants, and beautiful countryside. Each room is suitable for 2 or more guests and a TV, WIFI, towels, tea and coffee are provided. Please contact Neil for bookings and enquiries.

9 Market Street, Buxton SK17 6JY
07870 479997


Where to eat

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No 6. The Square Tearooms

Enjoy traditional English tearooms situated opposite Buxton Opera House and our special Festival fare pre-opera with Champagne. Open 10am – 7pm. Festival fare available 5.30 – 7pm. Booking advisable.

6 The Square, Buxton SK17 6AZ
01298 213541

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Old Hall Hotel

Just across the square from the Opera House, we are the perfect and very popular venue for pre- and post-opera meals. Our restaurant is open from 12pm – 2pm and 5.15pm – 11pm. Wine Bar open all day from 10am. Advanced bookings are advisable.

The Square, Buxton SK17 6BD
01298 22841

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Buxton Pudding Emporium

Home of the Original Buxton Pudding and a huge selection of Fine Foods, Gifts and Homeware. Our Tasting Rooms are open every day for the very finest hand made food.  Situated just opposite the Opera House.  Open 10am – 5.30pm.

4 The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AZ
01298 214154



We are a small independent restaurant, 3 minute’s walk from Buxton’s Opera House, serving modern British food, cooked to order. We are open for both pre and post theatre suppers by prior reservation

7 Hall Bank, Buxton SK17 6EW
01298 78752


The Pavilion Cafe

The Pavilion Café Buxton can seat up to 232 people in our superbly spacious area overlooking the Promenade and Gardens. Our Pavilion Café also incorporates a family area including a baby station with microwave and bottle warmer, as well as our toddlers soft play area which is unique to Buxton.

Our chefs are very proud of the dishes that they serve and work extremely hard to ensure that you are given an extremely delicious and tasty meal.

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton SK17 6BE
01298 23114

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Khomkhai Traditional Thai Cuisine

Our aim is to serve you the best possible Thai cuisine from the freshest possible Thai herbs and spices imported direct from Thailand, and also locally sourced ingredients, such as meat, vegetables, fish etc, Each dish is individually created to most suit the individual who ordered it. Khomkhai Thai Cuisine Restaurant and Bar is open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch, food served 12 – 2.30 pm, and in the evening food is served 5 pm – 9.30 pm

9 Market Street, Buxton SK17 6JY
01298 299688

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Where to visit

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Isla Fine Art, Cards & Gifts

Aimed at the discerning customer, Isla Fine Art Cards & Gifts stocks a carefully curated range of beautiful and stylish gifts and cards alongside a selection of art by local artists and artisans. If you are looking for something a bit different in Buxton then this is the shop for you.

4b & 5 The Colonnade, Buxton SK17 6AL
01298 938492

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The Buxton Crescent Experience

In a town whose history is shaped by water, The Buxton Crescent Experience is a boutique attraction that reveals the story of a special spa town, the renowned water and recent restoration of the Crescent building. For centuries Buxton has been a place where people have sought the water cure and within this Grade-I listed building you will encounter visitors from a period spanning more than 10,000 years who have travelled to the town to drink and bathe in our thermal mineral water.

You will take a virtual reality flight above the town during its Georgian heyday and rub shoulders with the regency high society at a glamorous ball before having your ailments cured by our 18th century apothecary. Follow rainwater on a 5,000-year journey through the Peak District hills and find out why it emerges warm from the natural springs beneath the Crescent, you can even bottle some straight from source and take it home with you.

The Buxton Crescent Experience is the perfect choice for families, the interactive elements will keep children amused and educated while history buffs can dig deeper into the story of the town.

The Crescent and The Pump Room, The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BH
01298 214577

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The Pavilion Gardens

The Pavilion Gardens is a beautiful historic venue dating back to 1871 which superbly shows off the Victorian splendour of Buxton. Set within 23-acres of magnificent landscaped gardens and play areas the venue provides the perfect setting for fun and relaxing family days out, with great food and drink, shopping and over 100 events and festivals throughout the year.

Our new investments this year have seen exciting developments including our Ice Cream Parlour, Boating Lake, Coffee Van and Pavilion Kitchen. Soon we’ll see our Indoor Market Hall and Tea Rooms.

St John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE
01298 23114


Poole's Cavern & Country Park

For centuries curious visitors have explored and marvelled at the natural subterranean world that is Poole’s Cavern. Explore Poole’s Cavern today with our expert guides and journey though the beautifully illuminated chambers to discover for yourself the magnificent underground scenery of the Peak District

Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH
01298 26978

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Central Technology

CT provides proactive managed IT services for businesses that need stability, strong networks and business continuity. We specialise in IT services which enhance business processes and our unique partnership approach ensures our offering is aligned with business objectives right from the outset. CT often meets potential new businesses when they find they have grown beyond their current IT capability. Our specialists will then audit what they have, understand the goals of the business and then develop a solution that will grow with them through our Managed Services, Cloud and Data Security Solutions. We offer our professional services for organisations across all sectors in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derbyshire and East Midlands

Quantum Point, Sheepbridge Works, Sheepbridge Lane, Chesterfield, S41 9RX
01246 266 130

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John Whibley "Holidays with Music"

Since 1999 John Whibley and the “Holidays with Music” team have taken thousands of music and opera lovers on hundreds of Musical Holidays across Europe, America and the UK. With the recent addition of Travel for the Arts, our 2022 season offers more than 45 different opera, orchestral, chamber music and festival holidays to choose from. Please contact us for a free brochure.

Ash Lea, Longlands Road, New Mills, Derbyshire, SK22 3BY
01663 746578



We’re doing our utmost to ensure your access needs are met so that you have an enjoyable festival experience. Please call our Festival office on 01298 70395 for more information about facilities available at the venues.


While the main church at St John’s is accessible to all, the balcony is not recommended to anyone with mobility issues.

Buxton Opera House has three spaces available for wheelchair users located in the stalls and there are also spaces available for wheelchair users in the front row of the Pavilion Arts Centre. To request a space with your booking and to reserve a free ticket for carers, please call the Box Office on 01298 72190.

Toilet facilities

Accessible toilets are available in both Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre.


Help with hearing

An induction loop system is available at the counter of both Box Offices in Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre.

There are a limited number of passive infra-red (PIR) systems in both Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre. These work through a special headset, rather than your hearing aid, which is available from the Box Office at Buxton Opera House. Please reserve one when booking your ticket over the phone – a £10 cash deposit is required on collection.


Here are some questions we're commonly asked. If you need any more information please get in touch.

When is the next Buxton International Festival?

A full Festival will run from 6 – 23 July 2023.  Expect an announcement soon with details of the productions and line up!

When can I book tickets

The Friends of Buxton International Festival will enjoy priority booking for the full programme early in 2023. Public booking will open a month later. Click here to find out more about our Friends’ membership scheme.

Next Gen Tickets

£10 tickets are available for for under 35’s from the 1 May 2022.  Join the Next Gen Friends of BIF for free.

You can book via the website, call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or email

What should I wear?

We have no dress code and are a relaxed, welcoming festival.  However, if you want to dress up please do!

How do I get to Buxton?

By car, Buxton is a 1 hour’s drive (approx) from the M1, M6, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby.

Or, take the train with our partner Avanti West Coast.  You can travel from London Euston to Macclesfield direct in less than 2 hours, plus a 20 minute taxi ride, or change at Stockport for trains to Buxton.  Click here for travel information and to book tickets.

There are direct train services from Manchester, Preston, Blackpool and Hazel Grove by Northern Rail.

By bus, there are direct services from Chesterfield, Derby, Glossop, Huddersfield, Macclesfield, Sheffield, Stockport and Stoke.


Group Bookings

We welcome groups of all types to Buxton International Festival and provide a group booking service for parties of 10+.

What types of groups do we work with?

We classify a group as 10+ people. This can include:

  • Tour groups
  • Societies and clubs
  • Staff outings
  • Corporate entertaining
  • School trips
  • Families
  • Friends


As long as the booking meets the minimum requirement of 10 people, we consider this to be a group.

Group Discounts

A group discount is often available for groups of 10+. However, this varies depending on the event. We are very happy to work with you to find the best festival itinerary for your party so don’t hesitate to contact us.

Group Booking Benefits

  • Discounts for many Buxton International Festival events.
  • Bespoke advice and assistance from a member of the BIF team.
  • Latest updates and information from the Festival.
  • Access to publicity material.


Buxton offers a wide variety of accommodation and dining options for all tastes.

There are all also many visitor attractions to enjoy in and around the town.

We recommend booking all of the above well in advance as Buxton gets very busy during Festival season.

Coach Parking

There are four coach bays on Burlington Road, which is only a few minutes walk away from our main venues.

There are also coach parking spaces in the Sylvan Coach Park. This is situated off the roundabout at the intersection of the A6/A53.

Car Parking

Buxton has a range of car parks within easy walking distance of the Festival venues. The Pavilion Gardens car park is one of the most convenient.

Travelling by Train

Buxton Train Station is right in the centre of town with trains running regularly to and from Stockport and Manchester. The timetables can be found here.

There are also direct trains from London and Birmingham to Macclesfield, which is only a short taxi ride from Buxton (approximately 20 minutes’ drive).

Travelling by Bus

By bus, there are direct services from Chesterfield, Derby, Glossop, Huddersfield, Macclesfield, Sheffield, Stockport and Stoke.

Get in Touch

At present, the team is working from home 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Please email and we will aim to reply to you within 24 hours.